Vitrine: 208.3 x 243.8 x 68.6 cm
Made from desiccated insect remains, dried plant roots, and other organic ephemera, Tessa Farmer‚Äôs tiny sculptures give a glimpse into the world of fairies. No story book land of Tinkerbells, Farmer‚Äôs Swarm envisions the purveyors of mischief and magic as an actual species, as animalistic and Darwinian as any other. Exchanging Victorian romanticism for the darker pragmatism of science, Farmer evidences her specimens as fearsome skeletal fiends, plausible ‚Äúhell‚Äôs angels‚ÄĚ of a microscopic apocalypse. Posed in dramatic battle formations, Farmer‚Äôs menagerie wages war against garden variety pests; each figure, painstakingly hand crafted and adorned with real insect wings, stands less than 1 cm tall.